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Candida Fungal Yeast Infection (Candidiasis)* in Children
Children are now a target for Candida overgrowth. Many may be born with it or develop it after their first exposure to antibiotics. Severe diaper rash, rectal rashes or infections, rashes in the genital area, and colic are the most common symptoms in babies. Thrush, general skin rashes, infections of the ear, nose, & throat, gas, diarrhea or constipation are all possible symptoms. Food allergies are common. The reactions to food are as a result of excess yeast growth. Asthma or eczema is also a common indicator of Candida.
Non-toxic natural substances to kill the yeast overgrowth are recommended in
children as they are not developed physically to handle toxic drugs. The treatment
should be as gentle as possible. Natural remedies which change the intestinal
environment to one that is yeast-killing should be used.
Colostrum 4 Kids may be given to establish friendly protective bacteria.
Under these circumstances, vitamins are essential in developing the child's immune system. Vitamins A, C, zinc, magnesium, and essential fatty acids are vital to keeping a child's immune system strong so that antibiotics will not be relied on. (See Multi Vitamin and Mineral.)
A child with yeast must avoid milk, yogurt, and other dairy products as they contain milk sugar. Milk sugar will feed yeast, create congestion, mucus, and weaken the child's immune system. Candida also feeds on sugar and gluten grains like: bread, cake, candy, etc. So these foods should be avoided as well. (see Candida Cook Book)
A child with Candida is often mislabeled hyperactive or learning disabled by misinformed people who do not understand the yeast connection. Children who have Candida often manifest multiple allergic syndromes. These children display behavioral and learning difficulties as a result of reactions to foods, chemicals, and preservatives. This has been linked to Candida infection. They may not need dangerous psychiatric drugs like Ritalin. It has been reported that children who have both behavioral or learning disabilities and Candida infection display a marked reduction of symptoms once the Candida is eliminated.
Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. seems to think that a small, but significant, proportion of children diagnosed as autistic are in fact victims of a severe candida infection. He believes that if the candida infection were successfully treated in these few cases, the symptoms of autism would show dramatic improvement. He says that the child may appear to be a normal, reasonably healthy infant for the first 18 to 24 months starting to speak and with the usual level of interest in his family and his surroundings. A series of ear infections may occur which are routinely treated by antibiotics. Soon thereafter, changes begin to occur. Speech development stops, then regresses, often to the point of muteness. Within a few weeks or months the child may become unresponsive and lose interest in his parents and surroundings. The concerned parents then take the child to various specialists, and finally come up with a diagnosis of "late onset autism."